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Just Do It…

29 Feb

I found the last few classes with Arend extremely interesting in their simplicity and at the same time in their complexity.

Some insights, drills and ideas:

– Do your movements, as you butter toast, drink tea, as you pick up a stick/knife from the floor. You just pick it up nothing more nothing less, you don’t contort your body in any strange way, you just pick up the stick and notice how your body leads the movement, and you move as a whole.

– One simple exercise that you can do to observe all of these amazing things is: Kneel down and relax in that position, put a stick next to you and just pick it up . Notice how normal, free and whole you are. You are just doing it, our work should be the same. Notice also you don’t tense or prepare your body you just do it, calmly, softly and naturally

– Stay soft and movement comes from the body.

– When you walk, you are just walking, there is no need to walk strangely, just walk normally, calmly, relaxed. An example: when you watch models walking, they walk with very straight bodies and feet facing forward, but does it look natural? Relaxed?


– Everything is inside

– An interesting conversation over meditation, resulted in the following thoughts: That meditation makes your mind clear, so you are in fact happy and have nothing in your mind all the time, but if you have this, then there is room for all kinds of negative/bad thoughts or good thoughts to come into your mind. Think about this you banish all thoughts, you have a clear mind, you skip merrily down the road and suddenly a car comes and knocks you down, but because of having no thoughts you didn’t worry or take action to produce what you wanted (to live) you just went with the flow, whatever happened – happenedĀ , you didn’t make a choice. Something Arend said “You must make a choice in Systema and in Life” Profound.

– This goes further, with giving the person a clear intention or not, making a choice is key, if we don’t show the person where we want them to go or do something, then they will just keep coming towards us.

– Own your own space, (don’t be a pussy) notice michael “he is just there, he doesn’t shrink away if someone comes into his space, neither does he tense up and extend more, he is just there”) whole, calm and powerful.